First and foremost, I hate the Patriots. I hate a team that gets their wangs massaged by the media, when their offense is a no-risk borefest of tiny high percentage passes. So take that into account...
OK, now what REALLY pisses me off is how many sports casters are comparing Tom Brady to Joe Montana. Sweet shit! Spit out Brady's manjuice. Tom Brady is a mediocre QB that's consistent. That's it. Drew Bledsoe was a better QB, but ran hot and cold which belichick can't stand. Tom Brady will never be a 'great' nor a 'hall of famer,' period.
The pats O is (as I said before) high percentage short passes. Its the boring part of the west coast offense. It also balances this off with a mediocre running game. This will get them no where. The panthers D can manhandle the pats recievers, and the front four can not only stop the run by themselves, but they can also put tremendous pressure on brady. The pats O will be more boring than usual. Why? Cause they won't be able to do anything.
The panthers O won't be able to produce anything in the air. In fact, I'd suggest they never pass the ball. The reason the Pats are doing so well has nothing to do with the boring offense. Its the defense, especially the DBs, that are killing other teams. The defense is stingy, keeps people from moving the ball, and creates turnovers. The one weakness? The running game. Guess what the panthers have? Two "capable starting" running backs. That one-two punch is going to be the undoing of the pat's D. There will be a constant 8-in-the-box, but I think that the panthers can still run the ball.
This game is going to be a low scoring, who can get better field position, tough defensive game. I see the panthers controlling the game, even though they'll probably only be like 3 points in the lead for most of the game. But if there is one team that can hang onto a 3 point lead, its the panthers.
My pick? Panthers by 3.